Tonight Jazz Morley and the man she credits for the existence of her little baby – Sir Tom Jones.
It was an emotional night for the 33-year-old, who gave a hauntingly beautiful performance of Landslide by Fleetwood Mac, which she reflected meant a lot to her, given its lyrics.
The song is all about getting older, and having just welcomed her three-month-old child Buddy with her partner Dan, the song meant a lot to Jazz.
One particular judge was on Jazz’s turn list, because she actually credits the It’s Not Unusual singer, 83, for her meeting the father of their child.
Before the pandemic, in 2019 Jazz supported Tom in concert, which is where she met Dan.
Fast forward four years and Jazz has a doting partner and a baby, who sweetly waited in the wings with ear protectors on. But her dreams of being a superstar singer have not transpired… Yet.
‘The past few years has knocked my confidence,’ the singer admitted, as she explained how her career was taking off when she supported Sir Tom before the pandemic put a spanner in the works.
‘Baby buddy might not be here if it weren’t for Tom,’ she added.
‘It was a tough decision to come and do the voice,’ explained Dan, talking of their new responsibility as parents. But her ‘fresh sense of drive’ makes him ‘very proud’.
‘She’s turned into a superhuman at the moment,’ he added, sweetly.
As Jazz sang the lyrics of the well-known melody, the Welsh legend – who is a judge on the show alongside will.i.am, Olly Murs and Anne-Marie – can be heard muttering, ‘Wow, that’s beautiful.’
But he did not turn. And neither did the other three judges, as they all looked at one another, wondering who was going to be the first.
But as Jazz thought all was lost and sang out the final heartfelt notes, Sir Tom and both slammed down on their buttons and turned around.
Olly called the performance ‘beautiful’ before Jazz admitted, full of relief at the result: ‘It’s quite apt because the song is about getting a bit older and going through life’s changes so its quite emotional really.’
Turning to Tom, she explained her connection to him – and the fact he is responsible for her meeting her partner, and them having a baby – to which he claimed he remembered her, followed by: ‘I’m glad it worked out then!’
Although they didn’t turn, the Black Eyed Peas star called Jazz’s vocals ‘pristine’ and Anne-Marie dubbed one note, which the singer apparently managed to hit twice, the ‘purest’ thing she’s heard.
But it appears Jazz only had eyes for Sir Tom, who simply said: ‘I would love you to be on my team. you have a beautiful voice and I couldn’t not turn.’
It was a no-brainer for Jazz, who chose Sir Tom as her mentor for the rest of the competition.
After Jazz had left the stage, Olly couldn’t help but note that Sir Tom was ‘responsible for a baby’ as he jokingly wondered what the smooth singer was doing at the gig to inspire that turn of events.
This comes amid a shake-up to the talent show. Olly was in September after six years in the red chair.
At the time, the former star, 39, said he was ‘shocked’ at the decision, assuring fans it was not ‘amicable’.
He did say he ‘accepts’ the choice to let him go but made it clear how much he’s going to ‘miss’ the job.
after this year on The Voice.
It’s been claimed that ITV want to replace the 2002 hitmaker, 32, who joined the show in 2021.
A source told : ‘Anne-Marie has loved being part of the show but producers want to give the series a refresh.
‘ITV wants to ensure that the show pulls in teens, so they are always looking at who is hot in the music world.’
When approached by Metro.co.uk, ITV did not deny Anne-Marie had been axed from The Voice.
A spokesperson said: ‘The Voice UK returns to ITV1 and ITVX for a brand new series on Saturday 4th November at 8:25pm featuring coaches Will.i.am, Sir Tom Jones, Anne-Marie, and Olly Murs.
‘Details of the 2024 series will be confirmed in due course.’
The Voice airs Saturdays on ITV1 and ITVX.